Public Records http://wesa.fm en Steel City Codefest Shows the Potential for Open Data http://wesa.fm/post/steel-city-codefest-shows-potential-open-data <p>Pittsburgh's second <a href="http://www.steelcitycodefest.org/">Steel City Codefest</a>&nbsp;is almost here. The second annual 24-hour technology competition&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">aims to create relevant and useful apps for the Pittsburgh area. </span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:34:14 +0000 Marnie Schleicher 23785 at http://wesa.fm Steel City Codefest Shows the Potential for Open Data Right to Know Law Could Be Less Important with #OpenPgh http://wesa.fm/post/right-know-law-could-be-less-important-openpgh <p>Pittsburgh plans to join 19 other American cities and counties in releasing city data for public use online. As the city works out the details of how this initiative will take shape, they’re <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/16jIQAxABoKx6FXYUFPgdy6NeQo4_R7ufKb-x4gePxNc/edit">looking for public input</a>.</p><p>Debra Lam, Mayor Peduto's pick for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/executive-team/debra-lam">Chief of Innovation &amp; Performance</a> and Laura Meixell, data and analytics manager for the City of Pittsburgh, say the initial ordinance brought to city council last month is meant to change the perceptions of how Pittsburghers think about data and city disclosure of information.</p><p>“It sets the default to open.” Laura Meixell explains, “There’s a whole variety of state laws around what information is public and what isn’t, in the PA Right to Know law. And here in the city we’ve been following those rules since that legislation was enacted, but much more on the basis of, if folks asked for information we would provide it. With this [open data] legislation we’re going to&nbsp; have the chance to go ahead and be proactive, to open things up and to make things more available and useful in the short term.”</p><p>City organizations have encouraged the software community to creatively use municipal data, even before the introduction of this legislation, through <a href="http://http://steelcitycodefest.org/">Steel City Codefest</a>. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:05:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23834 at http://wesa.fm Right to Know Law Could Be Less Important with #OpenPgh The Right to Know, or the Right to No? http://wesa.fm/post/right-know-or-right-no <p>After getting a parking ticket at Pittsburgh International Airport, a driver requested a copy of the Allegheny Police Department’s report of the incident. The department didn’t respond.</p><p>A parent asked the Ligonier Valley School District for documents detailing planned teacher layoffs. The school district said it had no such documents.</p><p>A reporter asked Middle Smithfield Township for maps of local sewer lines. The township refused to turn them over, saying that could jeopardize the security of the sewage system.</p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 PublicSource 8150 at http://wesa.fm The Right to Know, or the Right to No?